2nd Edition

The Routledge Companion to Design Research

Edited By Paul A. Rodgers, Joyce Yee Copyright 2023
    554 Pages 151 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This new edition of The Routledge Companion to Design Research offers an updated, comprehensive examination of design research, celebrating a plurality of voices and range of conceptual, methodological, technological and theoretical approaches evident in contemporary design research.

    This volume comprises thirty-eight original and high-quality design research chapters from contributors around the world, with offerings from the vast array of disciplines in and around modern design praxis, including areas such as industrial and product design, visual communication, interaction design, fashion design, service design, engineering and architecture. The Companion is divided into four distinct sections with chapters that examine the nature and process of design research, the purpose of design research and how one might embark on design research. They also explore how leading design researchers conduct their design research through formulating and asking questions in novel ways, and the creative methods and tools they use to collect and analyse data. The Companion also includes a number of case studies that illustrate how one might best communicate and disseminate design research through contributions that offer techniques for writing and publicising research.

    The Routledge Companion to Design Research has a wide appeal to researchers and educators in design and design-related disciplines such as engineering, business, marketing, and computing, and will make an invaluable contribution to state-of-the-art design research at postgraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels and teaching across a wide range of different disciplines.

    Notes on the contributors

    Introduction to the second edition

    Paul A. Rodgers and Joyce Yee

    PART I

    Exploring design research

    1 The sometimes uncomfortable marriages of design and research

    Ranulph Glanville

    2 A cybernetic model of design research towards a trans-domain of knowing

    Wolfgang Jonas

    3 Inclusive design research and design’s moral foundation

    Jude Chua Soo Meng

    4 “Redesigning design: On pluralizing design”

    Adam Nocek

    5 Decolonizing design research

    Frederick M.C. van Amstel

    6 Politics of publishing: Exploring decolonial and intercultural frameworks for marginalized publics

    Rathna Ramanathan

    7 Phoneticians, Phoenicians and mapping design research around a Medidisciplinary Sea

    Graham Pullin

    8 Four analytic cultures in design research

    Ilpo Koskinen

    9 Designing technology for More-Than-Human futures

    Paul Coulton and Joseph Lindley


    Designing design research

    10 What is a researchable question in design?

    Meredith Davis

    11 Foundational theory and methodological positioning at the outset of a design research project

    Rachael Luck

    12 Challenging assumptions in social design research undertaken in the Global South–India

    Alison Prendiville, Delina Evans and Chamithri Greru

    13 Respectfully navigating the borderlands towards emergence: Co-designing with Indigenous communities

    Lizette Reitsma

    14 An emancipatory research primer for designers

    Lesley-Ann Noel

    15 From theory to practice: Equitable approaches to design research in the design thinking process

    Nneka Sobers and Stephanie Parey

    16 Re-articulating prevailing notions of design: About designing in the absence of sight and other alternative design realities

    Ann Heylighen, Greg Nijs and Carlos Mourão Pereira

    17 The soul of objects, an anthropological view of design

    Luján Cambariere

    Exploring research space in fashion: A framework for meaning-making

    Harah Chon


    Conducting design research

    19 Drawing out: How designers analyse written texts in visual ways

    Zoë Sadokierski and Kate Sweetapple

    20 A photograph is still evidence of nothing but itself

    Craig Bremner and Mark Roxburgh

    21 Action research approach in design research

    Beatrice Villari

    22 Woven decolonizing approaches to design research: Jolobil and Mahi-Toi

    Diana Albarrán González and Jani K. T. Wilson

    23 Participation Otherwise: More than southerning the world, designing in movement

    Barbara Szaniecki and Zoy Anastassakis

    24 The role of prototypes and frameworks for structuring explorations

    by Research Through Design

    Pieter Jan Stappers, Froukje Sleeswijk Visser and Ianus Keller

    25 Imagining a feeling-thinking design practice and research from Latin America

    María Cristina Ibarra

    26 Hacktivism as design research method

    Otto von Busch

    27 Software Ate Design: Creation and destruction of value through design research with data

    Chris Speed

    28 Working with patient experience

    Alison Thomson


    Translating design research

    29 Physical thinking: Textile making toward transdisciplinary design research

    Elizabeth Gaston and Jane Scott

    30 People-centred engagement for inclusive material innovation in healthcare

    Laura Salisbury and Chris McGinley

    31 Seeing the invisible: Revisiting the value of critical tools in design research for social change

    Laura Santamaria

    32 Practice-based evidence for social innovation: Working and learning in complexity

    Penny Hagen and Angie Tangaere

    33 Collective dreaming through speculative fiction: Developing research worldviews with an interdisciplinary team

    Daijiro Mizuno, Kazutoshi Tsuda, Kazuya Kawasaki and Kazunari Masutani

    34 Drifting walls–learning from a hybrid design practice

    Ruth Morrow

    35 Bridging gaps in understanding between researchers who possess design knowledge and those who do not

    Michael R. Gibson and Keith M. Owens

    36 Probing and filming with strategic results: International design research to explore and refine new product-service concepts

    Geke van Dijk and Bas Raijmakers

    37 Museum in our street: Social cohesion at street level

    Emiel Rijshouwer, Dries De Roeck, Nik Baerten and Pieter Lesage

    38 GeoMerce: Speculative relationships between nature, technology and capitalism

    Giovanni Innella and Gionata Gatto

    Celebrating the Plurality of Design Research

    Paul A. Rodgers and Joyce Yee


    Paul A. Rodgers is Professor of Design in the Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Design from Middlesex University and a PhD in Product Design from the University of Westminster, London. His research interests explore the discipline of design and how disruptive design interventions can enact positive change in health and social care and elsewhere. From 2017 to 2021, he held the post of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Priority Area Leadership Fellowship in Design in the UK.

    Joyce Yee is Professor of Design and Social Innovation at Northumbria University, UK. She co-founded the Designing Entangled Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific network (www.desiap.org) in 2015 with Dr Yoko Akama, RMIT in Australia, as a peer learning network for designing social innovation practitioners. Her research focusses on culturally diverse and locally relevant practices that challenge the dominant industrialized and Western-centric models of design.